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Multiple candidate biomarkers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) have emerged across a range of platforms. Replication of results, however, has been absent in all but a few cases, and the range of control samples has been limited. If progress toward clinical translation is to continue, the specific biomarker needs of ALS, which differ from those of other neurodegenerative disorders, as well as the challenges inherent to longitudinal ALS biomarker cohorts, must be understood. Appropriate application of multimodal approaches, international collaboration, presymptomatic studies, and biomarker integration into future therapeutic trials are among the essential priorities going forward.

Original publication




Journal article


Muscle Nerve

Publication Date





14 - 18


biomarker, motor neuron disease, neurochemistry, neuroimaging, trial, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Biomarkers, Humans